Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Charlie Teo
In July 2016 I have the absolute privilege of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with renowned neurosurgeon and founder of Cure Brain Cancer, Professor Charlie Teo. Joining us will be 10 Australian business leaders, each of whom will raise $100,000 to help fund much needed research into brain cancer. It is now known as Charlie’s Million$Mission.
Standing at 5,895m Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, and the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Climbing ‘Kili’ is a massive challenge, but it pales in comparison to the daily fight of those amongst us that have been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Thankfully, I haven’t been directly impacted by brain cancer, but I have been associated with the charity for the last two years and it was immediately clear that this disease doesn’t discriminate. Brain cancer kills more Australian children then any other disease, and kills more people under 40 then any other cancer. Only 1 in 5 people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive past 5 years – it is brutal. Chemotherapy and radio therapy don’t work and survival rates haven’t improved in the last 30 years. Brain cancer also receives very little funding, relative to its impact on the community.
The money raised will help ensure patients get access to new treatments faster and with each patient having access to clinical trials. Ultimately the aim is to discover what will make a meaningful difference, provide a better quality of life for patients and finally shifting the statistics back in our favour.
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Charlie Teo and business leaders such as CEO of the year Christine Holgate from Blackmores and John Winning from Winning Appliances will be a thrill. To know that African Family Safaris is making a meaningful difference in the fight against brain cancer is the real reward.
There are still a few spaces available. If you or someone you know is interested, please have a look at the following link: